Yes, the same time as the Giro. May 16 - 23. Which means teams will have to make a choice...actually I think sponsors will make the choice for them. With last years success and the U.S. market (est. 75 million cyclists) I'm sure the big teams will send their best (sans Italians).
Not yet. I believe PT status won't start until 2011.
“We will start to plan the new courses now. We are fairly decided on a particular mountain top finish. We definitely have one.” Whatever that finish is, I will be there!!!
I predict the Druggie Tour of Kal-e-for-ne-ia (sez Arnold) will gut the Giro over time as it legnthens to two weeks (or more). The ASO can see this down the road (they own a piece of the DTK). The freeking Frogs are smarter than they look...at least on this count.
The grassy-knoll side of me thinks there is a secret ASO-LA conspiracy in all this.
...BTW, we had 1.5 million on the side of Kali's roads this year...and it rained most of the time.
I don't know what wrecktangle is speaking about in terms of drugs in cycling in California.
Up here in NORCAL we are drug free/ as white as the driven snow and as clean.
To put in point.... I went to the Sea Otter twice to see Tyler Hamilton and he never showed.
The Tour of California is clean and always will be at least in the Northern California stages.